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She Goes To Visit Mom In Hospital. 2 Days Later Looks At Dad, Sees Something That Makes Her Gasp

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Love is a beautiful and unexplainable thing, and it often defies logic, sometimes in heartbreaking ways.

Such is the case with the love shared between Jean and George Spear.

The couple met in the midst of the turmoil of World War II. It was 1941. Jean was an 18-year-old English firefighter and air raid warden. George was a 21-year-old soldier from Canada.

When George spotted Jean from across the room, he was instantly smitten.

“I was there in a red dress, my husband will tell you, and he came over and asked me to dance,” Jean recalled. “He had his army boots on, but he could dance. And his rhythm was perfect. So we didn’t dance with anyone else the whole evening.”

The lovebirds had a whirlwind romance and married the next year.

Speaking of the tumultuous time, Jean said, “When you met a boy, you made the most of every moment because you just didn’t know when or if you’d meet again. There was a stimulation about it, a wonderful, wonderful excitement that is hard to describe and hard to understand if you weren’t there. The worry sharpened your senses.”

After the wedding, George returned to Canada and then made secret arrangements to have Jean brought over by the Red Cross in a naval convoy. The couple eventually welcomed daughter Heather in 1947 and son Ian in 1950.

About a year after moving to Canada, Jean helped found the SWIC (England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland and Canada) club for war brides. For her service, she was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II in 2006.

On August 22, the couple celebrated their 75th anniversary. In that time together they created an incredible legacy.

Sadly, just a couple weeks later, Jean developed pneumonia. She was admitted to the Queensway Carleton Hospital in Ottowa, Ontario, on Tuesday, September 12. The next day, George spoke to his bride on the phone.

Then something happened that left their family stunned. On Thursday, September 14, George fell into a deep sleep. When they couldn’t wake him, he was taken to the same hospital his wife was in.

At 4:30 a.m. on Friday, September 15, Jean quietly passed away. Just a few hours later, at 9:45 a.m., George followed her into eternity.

Their family was stunned and heartbroken.

“We tell stories to make ourselves feel better. But this defies any sort of logic,” said daughter Heather. “We were overwhelmed by the suddenness of it.”

As much as they miss their parents, though, Heather and Ian know they left this world in the same way they lived in it – together.

In 2011, Jean and George were invited to a private reception in Ottowa with Prince William and Duchess Catherine. During the event, George showed Kate a photograph of Jean from 1942, which he had kept tucked into his soldier’s beret during the war.

“Kate asked if I had always kept the photo and I repliedAll through the war and ever since,’” George recalled.

When asked about the secret to their wedded bliss after all their years together, Jean gave an answer that will serve as an inspiration to many today who hope to have a love like theirs:

“I’ve taken a lot of time to consider it,” she said. “I realized when we met that we were on to a good thing. When we got married, we thought we were in heaven. Throughout our lives, the ups and downs, we know that together, we are a good thing. We recognize it and have never failed to acknowledge it.”

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Man facing assault charges for attack in George Washington University campus parking garage

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A 27-year-old man has been arrested and charged in connection to an attempted sexual assault in a D.C. parking garage that left a woman severely injured earlier this month, police said.

A 27-year-old man has been arrested and charged in connection to an attempted sexual assault in a D.C. parking garage that left a woman severely injured earlier this month, police said.

On Oct. 4, a woman was assaulted while walking in a George Washington University parking garage, police said. The suspect attempted to force the woman into a sexual act during the assault.

On Wednesday, D.C. and George Washington University police announced that Omar Williams, of no fixed address, had been arrested and charged with assault with intent to commit first-degree sexual abuse while armed, and aggravated assault while armed.

Police said the woman was seriously injured in the assault, and that her injuries required hospitalization.

During the investigation into Williams, police said they connected him to two other violent crimes in Northwest D.C.

On Sept. 25, a woman reported being knocked down and robbed of her purse. The victim then ran from the scene.

The other assault happened on Aug. 30, when a suspect walked into a business on the 600 block of Massachusetts Avenue Northwest, grabbed some merchandise and attempted to leave. A person tried to intervene, and the suspect assaulted them, police said.

George Washington University Police Chief James Tate thanked D.C. police for their help in locating a suspect in the case.

“I also want to thank the GW community for its support during this investigation, and for his patience and allowing us to do our work behind the scenes — thank you,” Tate said.

WTOP’s Kristi King contributed to this report.

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Charges filed against owner of escaped zebras in Prince George’s County

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Charges have been filed against the owner of several zebras that have been running around loose in Prince George’s County, Maryland, for almost two months, and another zebra that belonged to him has been found dead.

Charges have been filed against the owner of several zebras that have been running around loose in Prince George’s County, Maryland, for almost two months, and another zebra that belonged to him has been found dead.

Three animal cruelty charges were filed Tuesday in Prince George’s County District Court against Jerry Holly, 76, of Upper Marlboro, Maryland, who has a herd of nearly 40 zebras on his property along Duley Station Road. Prince George’s County Animal Services Chief Rodney Taylor said the herd was moved to Maryland from Florida in late summer, The Associated Press reported.

The charges are animals at large, cruelty and neglect and manner of keeping/nuisance. All relate to the three zebras that escaped from the farm on Aug. 26.



The charging documents say the zebras have not received the care they require during the more than 50 days they have been on the loose.

It was revealed last week that one of the escaped zebras got caught in a snare trap and died in September.

According to charging documents, the trap was just 2 feet away from the fenced zebra enclosure. Snare traps are illegal in Prince George’s County, and an investigation into who set it is ongoing.

The documents go on to say that an investigating officer from Maryland Natural Resources Police thinks the animal most likely died from dehydration after several days of struggling in the trap. The officer said, in his opinion, the animal should have been seen or heard while it was dying if the caretaker had attended to his animals.

By the time natural resources police responded on Sept. 16, the animal was completely decomposed and the cause of its death could not be determined.

Another zebra that was not one of the escapees, was found dead Tuesday on Holly’s property. The charging documents say that animal had been dead long enough for rigor mortis to set in.

Efforts to capture the two zebras that are still running free continue, and the Department of the Environment (DoE) for Prince George’s County says it has inspected the property every two to three business days since they first escaped.

As the DoE investigates, it has chosen not to impound the surviving zebra herd. But it is exploring the possibility of getting help from animal sanctuaries if the decision is made to remove the zebras from the farm.

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Police: Boy stabbed elementary school classmate

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Petersburg police say a boy took a knife to his elementary school and stabbed a 6-year-old classmate during recess.

PETERSBURG, Va. — Petersburg police say a boy took a knife to his elementary school and stabbed a 6-year-old classmate during recess.

WWBT-TV reports that police said the attack happened Tuesday at Walnut Hill Elementary School and the school notified parents on Wednesday.

The student used a pocketknife, injuring another 6-year-old boy from his earlobe to his face.

The injured student is expected to be OK and police say it was an isolated incident between those two students. No one else was hurt.

After consulting with the Commonwealth’s Attorney, police say the child who brought the knife is not expected to face criminal charges.

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